English II Research Paper
Term II, 2008
According to SCC’s English Department requirements, one of the core assignments you must
pass with a C or better is the research essay.
Hopefully, the following guidelines and explanation
will help you prepare your research, write the essay, and use MLA documentation.
Before you begin, remember SCC’s statement concerning plagiarism. Do your own work! Don’t
be tempted by the paper mills on the Internet. Most of the work posted on all these sites is far
inferior to what I have seen you write. In addition, search engines and software, such as
make it rather easy to trace any writing that is plagiarized. Trust your knowledge and good brain.
If you plagiarize, even inadvertently, you will fail.
Most of the problems that arise with the struggle to write a research paper stem more from poor
time management than from an inability to do the work. So, make a time plan and stick to it.
That will greatly increase your chances of success.
Write a 7 to 8 page essay with a works cited page (not included in total page count) that
includes a minimum of eight primary and secondary sources. Some suggested topics are
If you have a topic in mind that isn’t listed, let me know, and we’ll discuss it.
Your textbook is a fine source for primary sources.
Incorporate research from the at least three types
of sources (minimum of 8) also listed
Required sources include books, scholarly articles, one Internet source that is not
from a database, and scholarly articles from SCC’s registered databases. You cannot use
Wikipedia, any encyclopedia or dictionary.
Keep in mind the English Department requirement is that you write a minimum of 5
pages and use a minimum of 5 sources. Doing the minimum means your paper will
probably be a D+ or C paper at best.
It, of course, depends on other factors such as
substantive content, use of MLA guidelines, type of research, etc. I am requiring you